Famous for its pretty harbour and for its brightly coloured pastel buildings, Portofino is a beautiful place and one that is oft-visited by the rich and famous. Nestled below rolling green hills, you'll find romantic beaches and secluded bays all along the village's glittering shoreline. A luxury holiday to Portofino offers an idyllic escape in the finest surroundings.
East of Genoa on the Ligurian coast, Portofino is a charming fishing village considered to be one of the finest in the Mediterranean. To many, this place is the jewel in the Italian Riviera's crown. The shores are lined with picturesque houses, whilst churches and cathedrals dot the hills. Enjoy delicious local wines, and the best Italian dining has to offer with views out to the yacht-filled harbour.
In the evening, take a stroll and catch one of Portofino's celebrated sunsets. If you're after sun, sea, and sand, then you'll find lots of stunning beaches and hidden bays in Portofino. Stroll the romantic sands of Paraggi Beach and snorkel in its vivid emerald waters. Take a trip to the little bay of Niasca and enjoy a quiet spot of sunbathing in the most sublime surroundings. Be sure to visit the pebble beach of San Fruttuoso, one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Italy.
A short journey away, you'll find Cinque Terre or Five Lands. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the site of Cinque Terre is a collection of five old fishing villages built into steep cliffs above the lapis waters. The multicoloured houses have to be seen to be believed as they rise up and along the sheer drops showcasing their miraculous engineering.
Portofino is a magical place to visit any time of the year and each season brings out the unique characteristics of the village. In the summer months of June, July, and August, you'll find average temperatures range from 20-30 degrees celsius.
In the spring and autumn, Portofino grows more colourful and temperatures are slightly cooler. Spring brings greenery and wildflowers, whilst autumn delivers extra romance framed in red and brown leaves. In winter, the weather is mild and the village of Portofino becomes extra tranquil.
At Portofino, you'll find locally grown and raised produce paired with freshly caught fish. Dine in lavish surroundings and enjoy classic Italian dishes made to perfection. Fresh pasta, grilled fish and pizzas are on the menu, along with the softest focaccia bread and the tastiest pesto sauces.
You'll get to sample sweet digestifs like limoncello and Frangelico and renowned Italian wines. So sit back after a delicious meal and relax with a glass of Sangiovese as the sun begins to set.
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